More than 100 of our Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte members recently enjoyed fresh air, exercise and new friendships at The Salvation Army’s Camp Walter Johnson in Denton, NC. For many, this was their first time being out in the wilderness or even leaving the Charlotte area.
Throughout the week, members participated in activities such as scavenger hunts in the woods, archery and a high ropes course. Each activity the members did was geared towards stretching themselves mentally and physically or connecting spiritually with God. One camper simply stated that the week helped her learn about herself and about God.
If you ask most of the campers about their favorite part, many will say the pool or the camp fire and making s’mores. But when talking to Andre from the Belmont Avenue Boys & Girls Club, he said, “I enjoy being able to leave Charlotte and come somewhere where I have no worries, I can be a kid this week.” And that’s just what he did, making tie-dyed shirts, shooting basketball and even going down the zip line after reaching the top of the ropes course.
At the end of the day, most of the Charlotte Club members left that week at Camp Walter Johnson having learned the name of a new friend, picked up a new skill or recognized their own intrinsic value as a child of God.
And, that’s what The Salvation Army is committed to throughout the year: serving people who need us most and letting them know that they are valuable. Each year, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte serve more than 1,700 youth, helping them to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.